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Old 05-21-2015, 09:01 PM
 
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I am planning on moving from Brooklyn, NY to the San Francisco Bay area, most likely east bay rather than Frisco proper. I have a car that I don't want to give up so I am planning on driving. If anyone knows alternatives for me to get my car over there that isn't insanely expensive I would like to hear it. Driving isn't ideal for me as I have never done longer than a 3 hour road trip by myself so I'm definitely open to alternatives. I will also have a cat with me. Which adds more worry for me regarding the drive. I'm not planning on using my car to transport much, I drive a Fiat so not much space. I figure I will have his litter box in the back, he prefers being on a harness rather than a crate and I will bring one suitcase of stuff that I will need for the time being. I am also concerned about the time of year I need to do this. January is when I really need to leave but I'm wondering how problematic the weather will end up being as I enter new terrains. If that time is just too dangerous to try to trek through certain areas I can try to change it a bit but would really prefer not to as it will really complicate my living situation. Anybody familiar with the old computer game Oregon Trail? I keep imagining that and how all your passengers would die and stuff along the trip if you didn't make the right supply choices or take the right paths at the right time of year lol. I'm definitely trying to lighten my load as much as possible but I do have things that I want to keep so I'm also interested in hearing of good ways to transport stuff that isn't big furniture but is too much to carry with me. Again since I drive a Fiat, those aren't made to be able to pull a trailer or anything, I also don't trust myself to handle a trailer. Any advice that you think will help is greatly appreciated. I really feel like I have no idea what I'm getting myself into.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:19 PM
 
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I drove 6 hours on a move with my cat and dog. Start training your cat to take potty breaks on a leash. My cat prefers the outdoors for his bathroom and a lot of places will have some kind of sand or dirt anyways. If he lays a good one I'd pick it up with a doggie poop bag, no biggie. I use a retractable or springy leash. And a really good cat harness. He's been socialized enough in public that he won't run or spazz out if I take him outside for a potty break.

Watch his potty break timing-typically they can hold their stuff for 3 hours so that you don't have to use space for a stinky litter box.
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:33 AM
 
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I would recommend sending your car via auto transport which takes a few days and about $1000 from NYC to SF, which seems reasonable given the distance. Jet Blue has several nonstop flights a day from JFK to SF that run less than $300 one way. JetBlue is also very pet-friendly and allow carry-on pets if under 20 pounds, for $100 per leg of travel. You can purchase if you don't already have one of the soft sided carriers that weigh next to nothing empty. Your vet can provide a mild sedative to give that'll keep him/her calm until you arrive. All in all for around $1400 it seems the most cost-effective and by far least stressful.

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Old 05-22-2015, 05:56 PM
 
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I'll look into the car service more. $1000 would seem doable since I'd probably accumulate more than that driving myself. I prefer the idea of flying but I'm nervous about my cat on a plane. He is over 20lb though he may get closer to it by the time we are ready to leave. He was 30lb at one point and is now down to 26lb. But I've heard that the carrier has to be able to fit under your seat which the last couple times I have flown I cant imagine being able to get even a normal sized cat under an airplane seat. Am I not understanding this properly? I've heard horror stories about flying pets cargo.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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In January, weather is a big risk. Taking a Southern route could minimize it, but what the South lacks in snow, it can often make up for in ice, not to mention the added drive time. Doing about 12 hours per day, you can get there in 4 days. If you're not in a hurry, do 8 hours and get there in 6 days. Pad in a few days in case weather acts up and it could possibly take you 6 - 10 days.

Now, seeing the country is priceless and that could be a great adventure on it's own. I'd do it, but that's me. If you're at all nervous about taking that risk, I would ship the car and fly. A nervous driver is a serious hazard in winter conditions.
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:22 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the advice so far. I've been looking into flying but it seeming unlikely that my cat will lose enough weight to meet the airline restrictions so I'm still trying to figure out the driving situation. I may be able to arrange things so I can leave in the fall, maybe October. Would that be an ok time weather wise or am I still in for some dangers?
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for the advice so far. I've been looking into flying but it seeming unlikely that my cat will lose enough weight to meet the airline restrictions so I'm still trying to figure out the driving situation. I may be able to arrange things so I can leave in the fall, maybe October. Would that be an ok time weather wise or am I still in for some dangers?
In October there is a minor chance of a freak snowstorm, but the risk is reduced significantly. Take a Southern route and you should be fine.
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